Recent News

  • Sabrina Aponte (URBS '19) receives Emerging Young Leaders Award

    Sabrina is the recipient of an Emerging Young Leaders Award, after having been nominated by Mayor Kenney's Office of Violence Prevention. Sabrina is currently working at the Philadelphia School District doing research management, as well as interning with Cure Violence Global. She will be attending the Drexel School of Education part-time, to work on a research project related to promoting community violence prevention within urban education systems.

  • Urban Studies students interviewed about their work

    Professor Davy Knittle talks with three students from his Gender, Sex & Urban Life course, URBS/GSWS 277, about their extraordinary final assignments, what their project elucidated for them, and advice they have for future students in the course.

  • Introducing this summer's inaugural group of Urban Studies Gordon Fellows!

    From the inception of the Urban Studies Program at Penn, connecting theory and practice has been one of our guiding principles. In this spirit, we launched the first year of our Gordon Fellowship, with funding from alum Jacques Gordon and his family. Becoming a Gordon Fellow provides opportunities for a select group of students to explore careers that would lead to improving the quality of life in cities, whether in the public, non-profit, or private sectors and connects them with alumni mentors.

  • Hassenfeld Fall Grant for Undergraduate Research

    Grants of no more than $250 each will be available to offset the costs of doing your senior seminar research projects (there is a total of $2,000 to distribute, so the number of grants awarded depends on merit and number of requests that we receive).

  • Article on Nicetown by Professor Greenspan

    For decades a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia has struggled to repair the damages inflicted by postwar urban renewal. Please read Professor Elizabeth Greenspan's new work on Nicetown, published by Places journal.